greatest rock tune

Radar Love - Golden Earring
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Right Now - Van Halen
Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Classical Gas - Mason Williams

DrFidelius wrote:

You can dance, you can jive
Havin’ the time of your li-i-ife, (oo oo oo)
See that girl, watch that scene
Diggin’ the dancing queen! (da dum, da dum, da dum)

Quick-N-Dirty Aviation: Trading altitude for airspeed since 1992.

forgive me if someone already posted this and i missed it, but how bout Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf?


I don’t think there is any way you can choose one song (or even ten songs) but if someone had never heard rock and roll, the first song I would play for them would be “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix.

Johnny B. Goode - Who else?
Jailhouse Rock - ‘Da King
Radar Love - I actually saw VanHalen do a cover of this in the early days. Wow!
Crossroads - Probably not Creams’ best but this cover of Robert Johnsons’ classic turned me onto music in a big way.
Tom nailed it, too, with “I can see for miles”. I was coming home from a short trip up north (that’s Gaylord, for you non-Michiganders) Saturday night with the top down and that song came on the radio. The next thing I know, I’m doing about 90. Lucky for me the next song was “Crimson and clover”.

Hmmm…my top 5 in no particular order
“Words of Earnest”…Goose Creek Symphony

“Feel like I’m fixing to die rag”…Country Joe and The Fish (you hadda be there)

“Lunatic Fringe”…Red Rider

“Careful with that axe Eugene”…Pink Floyd…from Umma Gumma.

“Whiskey Bent and hell bound”…Hank Jr.

Fav instrumental…Mountain Jam…Allman bros.

If it’s a rock song you want, no Abbas allowed. Jaques’ list is pretty good:
The Beatles - Revolution or Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction or Sympathy for the Devil
The Who - My Generation
The Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
The Clash - Clampdown

For the Beatles I’d throw in Please Please me and I saw her standing there.

U2: Sunday Bloody Sunday

I’m not a big Doors fan anymore, but Light My Fire has to be in the top three rock songs of all time. For Buddy Holly, it’s hard to pick, but say Peggy Sue or Not Fade Away.

>sly: Johnny B. Goode - Who else?

Michael J. Fox?

At full eardrum-bustin’ can’t-hear-nothin’-over-it volume:

Astronomy Domine Pink Floyd
The Battle of Evermore Led Zeppelin
Baba O’Reilly The Who
entire Side One, DSOTM Pink Floyd
Castle Walls Styx
Kashmir Led Zeppelin
Lucifer Alan Parsons Project
Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who
The Angry Young Man Styx
Welcome to the Machine Pink Floyc
DogsPink Floyd
In the Lap of the Gods** Alan Parson Project**
Chapter 24 ** Pink Floyd**
Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
Procession The Moody Blues
Summer '68 Pink Floyd

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Banks - right on! (CJ&tF)

I said:

That shoulda been:
Interstellar Overdrive Pink Floyd
although Astronomy Domine by the same band does exist (I think even on the same album).

Interstellar=stars, see? Astronomy? Anyway…

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Okay, I’ll stop plugging my handiwork now.

Personally, I cannot stand any of those songs anymore as they have been over-played for years and years…

One CD/Album that never goes bad for me is the Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street…there is not a bad song on it. In fact, one of the Rolling Stones greatest works by far.

For greatest rock songs ever ( in alphabetical order by artist) :

  1. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
  2. Astronomy or (Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
  3. Money For Nothing or Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
  4. Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
  5. Live and Let Die - Gun’s and Roses
  6. Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
  7. Kashmir or Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
  8. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
  9. Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
  10. Tom Sawyer - Rush
    and my personal favorite:
    In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly

For Rock Anthem (something completely different) :

  1. Rock and Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter
  2. Rock and Roll All Night - KISS
  3. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
  4. Girl, You Really Got Me Now - Van Halen


In case you aren’t aware, “Live and Let Die” is actually written by George Martin and first performed by Paul McCartney & Wings… you probably knew that, but some of those kids who are asking, “Who the hell is Iron Butterfly?” may not know. I do like G&R’s cover of it though.

Oops! Almost forgot… “You Really Got Me” is also a cover - the Kinks.

Actually, George Martin only produced “Live and Let Die.” I think the song is credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, but more than likely the song was written 100% by Paul.

How’re we defining “rock tune,” anyway?

The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” don’t exactly, you know, rock out.


I knew about both of those but I believe that the two bands I picked were either better(in my opinion) and more popular than the originals. Live and Let Die was also covered by Foriegner and I actually like that version the best but Guns and Roses is much more popular on the radio where I live.

In Honolulu radio countdown, Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” (older version) won (?!?).

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument” - William McAdoo